Developing Person Through Childhood / Edition 6

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Edition after edition, Berger's highly praised, bestselling text opens students' eyes to the ways children grow--and the ways that growth is investigated and interpreted by developmentalists. Staying true to the hallmarks that have defined Berger's vision from the outset, the Eighth Edition again redefines excellence in a child development textbook, combining thoughtful interpretations of the latest science with new skill-building pedagogy and media tools that can revolutionize classroom and study time.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781464108051
  • Publisher: Worth Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/21/2011
  • Edition description: Sixth Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 426
  • Sales rank: 191,737
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Introduction
Defining Development
Zooming In and Zooming Out
A VIEW FROM SCIENCE: Depression and the Brain
A CASE TO STUDY: Plasticity and My Nephew David
Applying the Scientific Method
Cautions from Science

Chapter 2. Theories of Development
Grand Theories
A VIEW FROM SCIENCE: What’s a Mother For?
Emergent Theories
A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE: My Beautiful, Hairless Babies
Useful Application of Theories

Chapter 3. Heredity and Environment
The Genetic Code
Sex, Multiple Births, and Fertility
A VIEW FROM SCIENCE: IVF and Multiple Births
From One Cell to Many
Genotype and Phenotype
Chromosomal and Genetic Abnormalities
Genetic Counseling and Testing
A VIEW FROM SCIENCE: Genetic Testing for Psychological Disorders

Chapter 4. Prenatal Development and Birth
From Zygote to Newborn
Risk Reduction
A VIEW FROM SCIENCE: Jail Those Drunken Women?
A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE: "What Do People Live to Do?"
A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE: "You’d Throw Him in a Dumpster"

Chapter 5. The First Two Years: Biosocial Development
Body Changes
Brain Development
A VIEW FROM SCIENCE: Plasticity and Deprivation
Sensation and Movement
Public Health Measures

Chapter 6. The First Two Years: Cognitive Development
Sensorimotor Intelligence
A VIEW FROM SCIENCE: Object Permanence Revisited
Information Processing Language: What Develops in the First Two Years?

Chapter 7. The First Two Years: Psychosocial Development
A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE: Parents on Autopilot
Emotional Development
Theories About Infant Psychosocial Development
A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE: "Let’s Go to Grandma’s"
The Development of Social Bonds
A VIEW FROM SCIENCE: The Still-Face Technique
Conclusions in Theory and Practice

Chapter 8. Early Childhood: Biosocial Development
Body Changes
Brain Development
Injuries and Abuse
A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE: "My Baby Swallowed Poison"
A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE: A Series of Suspicious Events

Chapter 9. Early Childhood: Cognitive Development
Piaget and Vygotsky
Children’s Theories
Early-Childhood Education

Chapter 10. Early Childhood: Psychosocial Development
Emotional Development
A VIEW FROM SCIENCE: Planning Punishment

Chapter 11. The School Years: Biosocial Development
A Healthy Time
Brain Development
Children with Special Needs
A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE:: Billy: Dynamo or Dynamite?
A VIEW FROM SCIENCE: Overdosing and Underdosing

Chapter 12. The School Years: Cognitive Development
Building on Theory
A VIEW FROM SCIENCE: SES and Language Learning
Teaching and Learning
A VIEW FROM SCIENCE: International Achievement Tests

13. The School Years: Psychosocial Development
The Peer Group
Families and Children
A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE: I Always Dressed One in Blue Stuff
The Nature of the Child

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